first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article News in briefOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefPotters Bar helpline Rail workers are being encouraged to call a confidential hotline set up by policeinvestigating the fatal crash at Potters Bar. The police are concerned thatmany employees were afraid to tell the whole truth during official interviewsbecause of the presence of company lawyers. www.btp.police.ukPrisoners’ job search Prisoners will soon be able to apply for work through an in-jail computernetwork, providing up-to-the minute information on vacancies throughout Europe.The aim of the scheme is to help prisoners prepare for a fresh start byarranging job interviews to coincide with their release. The machines willinitially be installed in four prisons – Lewes, Swansea, Featherstone andHollesley Bay.  www.homeoffice.gov.ukFire service pay offer The UK’s fire brigades have offered staff a 4 per cent pay rise to stop anational walkout. The Employers’ Organisation for Local Government has alsooffered an independent pay review to avert threatened pay strike action nextmonth. Charles Nolda of the Employers’ Organisation said a joint approach foran inde-pendent review was the way forward. www.lg-employers.gov.ukCost of working shock Staff spend up to a fifth of their salaries on job-related costs, accordingto a new report. An average employee spends £3,214 a year on travel to and fromthe office, clothes, haircuts and appearance, according to a survey byreed.co.uk. With the average salary in the UK being £23,000 a year, the figureequates to 20 per cent of take home pay. www.reed.co.ukCommitment shy UK Levels of staff commitment in the UK are significantly lower than in otherglobal economies, according to new research. International Survey Research interviewedmore than 360,000 employees from the world’s 10 biggest economies and found thecountry with the highest employee commitment is Brazil. The UK came thirdbottom with only 59 per cent of staff ranking their firm favourably.  www.isrsurveys.co.uklast_img